Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo in this December 26, 2013. Photo: Reuters Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo in this December 26, 2013. Photo: Reuters
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo in this December 26, 2013. Photo: Reuters

Abe's shrine visit throws regional affairs into a state of confusion

Inflammatory and puzzling gesture by Japan premier has thrown regional issues into confusion

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo in this December 26, 2013. Photo: Reuters Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo in this December 26, 2013. Photo: Reuters
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo in this December 26, 2013. Photo: Reuters
READ FULL ARTICLE